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USWNT Names Roster For Midweek Friendly Against Switzerland

U.S. Women’s National Team head couch Jill Ellis has put together her 19-women roster for the August 20 friendly against Switzerland at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.

It is a safe and predictable roster for Ellis, who narrowed her field from June’s roster against France, when she called up 26 players.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position

 Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)

 Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)

 Morgan Brian (Virginia), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)

 Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

Notable absences include midfielder Tobin Heath and defender Rachel Buehler; both of whom are in Portland recovering from injuries. Also missing is Sky Blue FC’s Kelley O’Hara, who seems to have been left in the cold due to an inability to find a spot on the roster for the versatile forward/defender. (Fans will have to stop doing a double take when they see Allie Long’s name on the roster, she has seemed to have found favor under Ellis’s tenure.)

For Ellis, every camp from now until World Cup Qualifying begins in mid October is an important chance to keep narrowing her roster and solidifying a starting 11.

More importantly, it’s a chance for a starting 11 to begin building team chemistry that many believe has been missing since the start of 2014. Consistent call-ups with a regular starting 11 are the keys to bringing back an orchestrated harmony that has seemed to be lost under former head coach Tom Sermanni.

For players and fans alike, a single friendly against the #19 ranked Switzerland may be overshadowed by upcoming NWSL playoff action. Eighteen of the 19 players are NWSL based with at least ten of them expected to participate in semifinal action the following weekend.

The ill-timed game makes for a busy week for players in Seattle who may be playing up to three games in the span of one week. Portland players may be facing a similar situation in making two cross-country trips.

Even with World Cup Qualifying quickly approaching, the USWNT’s premier game against the Swiss could be called unnecessary amidst the closure of a long sophomore season for the NWSL.

In what may be the biggest talking point of this friendly, it means there’s a chance for Hope Solo to break the USA’s all time shutout record. She is currently tied with Briana Scurry at 71 career shutouts.

The sold out game will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on

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  1. rkujay

    August 20, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I have to agree with copy editor et al. To crucify the language show a real lack of professionalism. Or did the lady just not pay attention in class?

    Totally amateur.

    • rkujay

      August 20, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      shows… damned laptop!

  2. Boxcar Pete

    August 19, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Ellis is insane. No O’Hara! What kind of nonsense is that?
    Oh but we have Klingenburg. Yea, so what. Meghan is good, and she’s pretty and she will kick your ass, but she’s still no O’Hara. She doesn’t have her speed up the flanks that you need playing that silly 4-3-3.
    Politics no doubt. Or Ellis is intimidated of O’hara’s charm and beauty.
    Whatever, man I’m pissed.

  3. CopyEditor

    August 18, 2014 at 7:06 pm


    For all intents and purposes

    (NOT intensive purposes)

    • Jopolitesse

      August 20, 2014 at 1:27 am

      Yes, and while we’re at it, it’s incorrect to use the relative pronoun “which” to refer to people, and you don’t use semicolons with relative clauses in this way. Therefore, “midfielder Tobin Heath and defender Rachel Buehler; both of which are in Portland recovering from injuries” should be “midfielder Tobin Heath and defender Rachel Buehler, both of whom are in Portland recovering from injuries.” I’m sure it sounds picky, and of course we still understand what you mean, but it’s upsetting to see so many examples of writing that breaks the basic rules of our wonderful language. It also detracts from your basic credibility. It’s true; no one knows everything. But why not hire a copy editor? People need jobs these days.

      • Christopher Harris

        August 20, 2014 at 8:22 am

        Are you pitching for a job? 😉

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